(VOV) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has predicted that 2014 will be a year of great changes.
At theCommercial Counselor Conference, which opened in Hanoi on December 18, Dam reported that Vietnam now has over fifty trade offices, seven branches and one trade promotion centre across five continents, with a total staff of 122 in charge of trade and industrial fields abroad.
He asked each member of staff and trade counselor to become not only policy advisors for the Government, especially for the Ministry of Industry and Trade but also diplomats, politicians and scientists.
The deputy PM suggested that every employee within the sector should be able to see their contribution to the national export turnover of US$133 billion. For example, Intel Group has exported a lot without promotion activities, he said
He added that trade offices abroad will do nothing without strict coordination from the host country. Trade staff do not merely represent trade offices and businesses abroad they are also responsible for promoting and elevating Vietnam’s global image. Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang said that the industry and trade sector will devise solutions to overcome difficulties to promote the results in 2013 and fulfill objectives for the country’s socio-economic development plan for next year
In 2013, industrial production index is predicted to increase by 5.6% against last year’s same period while the proportion of the processing and manufacturing industry will grow from 60.2% in 2010 to 78% in 2013.
In recent times, imports-exports have progressed with an estimated export turnover reaching US$132 billion, up 15.3% compared to 2012.
Many key export items have earned high turnover such as garments and textiles, timber, computers, electronic products and components. Vietnamese goods are now available in nearly 200 nations and territories worldwide.